Aaron Cervantes has finally touched down in Glasgow nearly six months after his Rangers signing was confirmed.
The 19-year-old has joined from partner club Orange County SC in the US and comes highly-rated after having already trained with the senior national team.
Rangers confirmed the signing on October 7 last year on their club website and had hoped to loan him out to a European side in January to further his development.
However the ongoing regulations surrounding the covid-19 pandemic prevented such a move taking place and it has taken until the end of March for him to touch base in Glasgow.
In a video posted on the USL side’s official Twitter account, Cervantes said: “Hey Orange County fans, I’ve made it to Glasgow. Thank you for all the support and love you guys have given me and hope you guys stay rowdy this season. Have a good one.”
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) March 25, 2021
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Quite what happens now is anyone’s guess.
After the conclusion of the current international break we will be in April and well into the concluding weeks of the 2020/21 campaign.
It would seem inconceivable to ship him out on loan to another European country now with such little time left in the season.
Perhaps a domestic move could be in the offing but the more likely scenario is that he is given the chance to settle into his surroundings and acclimatise to Scotland.
He may even be given the chance to prove himself in first-team training though a debut looks extremely unlikely, even against Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup.
But the stage is set for Cervantes to prove himself behind-the-scenes and it will give the Gers coaching staff the necessary time to evaluate his qualities and decide the most suitable course of action for his next move.
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